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Where To Take Your Little Ones Adventuring On Big Island, Hawaii!

Often when we travel with O, it’s difficult to leave the hotel. Road trips and any other type of exploration are limited by child friendly food options, and the ability to travel from point A to point B while avoiding a meltdown. Last year, we went to Kauai and spent the whole time at the resort. This year, we decided to try and explore a lit bit more of Big Island, and had an amazing time! This is a step by step playbook for our day. Preparation/Journey There To prepare for the trip, we packed lots of snacks for O as well as ample fluids (juice, water, etc.) so he wouldn’t be hangry (hungry + angry) along the road trip. My husband looked at the maps ahead of time. We were staying on the Fairmont Orchid, and we wanted to visit Hilo and the volcanoes, which is roughly 2 hours away. How can we get our toddler to the volcanoes without a melt down and still maintain his interest? We planned several stops along the …

My Top 10 Reason’s To Love The Fairmont Orchid

Aloha! Here’s our second post of our Hawaii vacation series. This post is about our hotel accommodations at the Fairmont Orchid Resort.  We really couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay while we were in Hawaii for obvious reasons. So lets get into it! Plus at the end I’ll be sharing how you can score yourself the best deal to stay at the Fairmont Orchid! 1. The Room View The room we stayed at during our stay at the Fairmont Orchid was ‘exquisite’. We stayed in a suite which had a ‘sweeping’ view of the golf course from your lanai and a peak of the Pacific Ocean on our left. The suite had a separate parlor area divided from the main bed room with french doors, a sofa that can turn into a sleeper couch and a dresser with a fridge (no freezer). The bedroom had a powder room/office, which leads to the bathroom, garnished with marble counters and completely marble shower. Gorgeous! Now that as I’m writing this, I should have just done a …

The Perfect Weekender Bag For Our Hawaii Getaway – The Catalina

Aloha! Starting my extensive blogging about our recent family trip to Hawaii (Big Island) with one of my least favorite topics  – packing. Fortunately I was saved by Lo & Son’s Catalina weekender bag, which almost made me forget we had to bring 4 large suitcases full of my son’s necessities (including a car seat). I was originally going to use the Catalina weekender bag to pack all of my clothes and belongings, but found an even better use for it during our trip. First I used it as my airplane carry-on with things we needed to bring for our 6 hour plane ride. I packed: Bottles for juice, water and milk Extra change of clothes for the kiddo Wipes Snacks Jackets for both of us My smaller purse Ipad, charger I could have fit my lap top and camera in there as well, but I decided why torture myself? It was the perfect bag for our getaway.  Once we got there, I basically turned it into a beach, pool and road trip bag. After …

10 Must Have’s for Pumping while Traveling

Trying something new today! Tonight on the blog is guest editor, Taryn Kutches, co-founder of Parker Design, sharing her tips on pumping while traveling. A must read if you’re a new mom returning to work from maternity, travel for work or just want to get away for the weekend. I know a lot of you just entering that stage of returning to work, so I thought this might be helpful. I for one felt the struggle the first year of nursing with my son, so it turned out pumping became a regular part of my life, as it is for many of you. These tips will be life-savers, trust me! So here’s Taryn!: Are you nervous about keeping up nursing while you are away from your little one for a few days? Don’t worry, I’ve been there too. I was determined to nurse my little girl for a year. After weeks of struggles in the beginning, we finally got the hang of it and we ended up making it to our goal, but boy did I ever under estimate …

Travel: Hong Kong 2017 Recap

Ok, so I lied. Well, actually I had totally overestimated myself. I thought I’d be posting while me and my family were on vacation. But I was either too busy or tired to edit photos and write so here I am writing about it now (1 week after we came back to the bay area). I will briefly address how we combated jet lag going there, flight comparisons, and a general photographic itinerary of our first week, including some child friendly places to visit Hong Kong. We packed so much in the first week so I’ll only be covering the first. Day 1: Flight This was our 3rd time traveling to Hong Kong with our son (below the age of 4.5), and we’ve picked up a few lessons along the way about flights. The best time for us to fly out from the west coast is the red eye or midnight flight because then you and your kids can sleep for most of the flight and adjust to Hong Kong time quicker as you will arrive …

Lake Tahoe: Winter Wonderland

This year we planned to go to Tahoe in January, but with all the rain we’ve been having here in the Bay Area, we were really worried we would have to cancel our AirBNB reservations. We were all packed and ready, but we said we wouldn’t hesitate to cancel if it was storming or more obviously if the roads were closed. So it wasn’t until the day of did we decide to go for it since we hadn’t been alerted of any road closures. This post will largely just be some moments of our trip that I captured. If you want to know full details, i.e Where we stayed, What We Packed, or What We Ate etc. this is not the post for you! Let me know in the comments if you have any specific questions and I’d be happy to answer them! We only stayed 2 nights and had one full day at Tahoe so we didn’t have much of an itinerary except to let O enjoy the snow. Day 1 We arrived and …

Travel: Hong Kong

It’s been a week since I came back from Hong Kong, and I’m still not feeling quite like myself. This jet lag has been really rough, because O still hasn’t gotten back to sleeping normally either. But thank goodness he’s gotten a lot better, and I’m just waiting for the day I can live my life in the light of day again! In the mean time I thought I’d do a quick jot down of some of the things we did/ate and places we visited while we were there –  in pictures (for those of you who don’t follow my Instagram)! Sorry this post isn’t going to be that thorough, mostly because I have a hard time remembering exactly what we did!  A bit of a heads up for those of you who don’t have kids yet, if you think our trip was pretty minimal, you’ll know why after you have your first child. Feel free to ask questions in the comments though if you’re interested in anything specific! At the end of this post, …

Winery: Europa Village

Guest Post Review of Europa Village (Temecula) By The Husband Disclaimer: Another guest post by the husband. The opinions expressed on this post are solely his.  In the 100 degree weather, my wife and I load our car as we leave the Inn at Churon Winery in Temecula, CA. Beads of sweat form upon our brow as we put our luggage in our dodge charger rental car. The blast of heat from the inside of the car feels like we’re entering the belly of a furnace. After we let the AC blast for a few moments, we realize we have about an hour to spare prior to driving south from Temecula, returning our rental car and heading to the airport in San Diego. As we’ve been drinking quite a bit at Churon Inn, partaking in both the wine tasting as well as large amounts of good drink during the wedding we attended, we decided to continue this chain of indulgence, by crossing the street and going to Europa Village Winery. This was literally 500-1000 ft …

San Diego – Temecula

Labor Day Weekend Wedding & Anniversary Getaway Time for my first travel post! As a mommy of a toddler, as hard as it is to leave him, its nice to get away now and then. It just so happens that it’s our 5th wedding anniversary, and our friend’s wedding day! So thanks to my mother-in-law, O is in good hands while my hubby and I run away jet set to our weekend getaway in sunny San Diego! Friday – San Diego We arrived in San Diego around 6pm Friday evening. Checked in our hotel and quickly made it to our reservations at Eddy V’s Prime Seafood which happened to be right across the road from our hotel. Great planning honey! Oh, yes, my husband made all the reservations and he even wanted to write a review for my blog about it, so I said “sure, but no one wants to read it if it’s 6 pages long”. First of all, a big thank you to my husband for making the reservations for our special day, and …